We are the only company in the world who send an international guide and doctor on all Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Established in 2007, we offer high altitude trekking and mountaineering in some of the most breath-taking locations around the world.
Trekking Annapurna Base Camp
Our 16-day itinerary includes 10 days of trekking. We begin our adventure in Pokhara, a city which was only accessible by foot until the 1960s. It lies on an old trading route between India and China and has become one of Nepal’s main cities. We spend our first day there preparing for the trail to come, relaxing and soaking up the bustling atmosphere of the city.
We follow a stunningly beautiful route to Annapurna Base Camp. Our first days on the trail are spent meandering through lush alpine forest, following the river and passing many beautiful waterfalls. We will also take time each day to stop in the picturesque villages along the trail and enjoy a refreshing cup of chai while we rest our legs and observe the traditional Nepalese way of life around us. We stay in small locally run tea houses each night where our hosts are always waiting with a warm stove and a hot meal!
The night we spend in Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) is undoubtedly the highlight of the trek. We arrive into camp early in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day relaxing in our picturesque surroundings and taking plenty of photos! We rise early the next morning to watch the sun come up and fill the amphitheatre of giant peaks that surround us.
After returning to Pokhara and completing our trek we spend some time in Kathmandu – the country’s capital city and its largest. It is the centre of Nepal’s economy, history, art and culture. There is so much to see and do and the busy city is a thrilling contrast to the sedate pace of our quiet mountain life on the trail.
ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP EXPEDITION COSTS & WHAT’S INCLUDED
The total cost of trekking Annapurna Base Camp is highlighted above. You are required to pay a 399.00 deposit. You can pay the remaining balance by instalments or in full. All fees must be paid two months prior to departure.
Your fees include the following;
- International flights from Dublin to Kathmandu return (Economy Class) (UK flights not included)
- Internal flights in Nepal
- Experienced Irish/UK expedition leader
- Experienced Irish/UK expedition doctor
- Training Weekend
- Local English speaking guides, cooks and support team
- All accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara. On the trek you will be staying in tea houses where the room configuration is a mixture of twin rooms and dormitories
- All meals and drinking water except in Kathmandu & Pokhara where accommodation is based on B&B
- A celebratory dinner
- All transport throughout the expedition
- All group gear consisting of first aid kits, mountaineering equipment, cooking equipment etc
FLYING FROM THE UK?
You are more than welcome to join us from the UK. If so, you can select the ‘exclude flights’ option on the checkout. You can then book your own international flights to Kathmandu.
Watch our info talk on Annapurna Base Camp
Earth’s Edge guide Louise hosted a talk in the Great Outdoors in Dublin where she discussed the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This is one of her favourite treks, and you can really hear how much she loves it in the talk. Enjoy! Read more about Annapurna in our blog here.
Depart Dublin for Kathmandu. Overnight flight.
Arrive in Kathmandu.
Arrive in Kathmandu. Relax or explore!
Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara, 30 mins.
Fly to Pokhara. Expedition brief and time to explore.
Pokhara to Nayapul to Ulleri, 7 hrs.
Take the bus to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri. Altitude 2,050m.
Ulleri to Ghorepani Upper, 6 hrs.
We pass waterfalls, small villages and several tea houses to reach Ghorepani. Altitude 2,750m.
Ghorepani to Tadapani via Poon Hill, 8 hrs.
We rise early to trek to Poon Hill (3,210m) in time to see the sunrise over the mighty Himalayas. After breakfast, we follow the trail to Tadapani where we spend the night. Altitude 2,700m.
Tadapani to Chhumrong, 5 hrs.
Today is another great day on the trail as we begin to settle into the rhythm of mountain life. Altitude 2,170m.
Chhumrong to Bamboo, 6 hrs.
We trek higher up the valley to reach Bamboo. Altitude 2,310m.
Bamboo to Deurali, 6 hrs.
A challenging day today as we ascend over 900 metres to Deurali. Altitude 3,230m.
Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp, 6 hrs.
Today is a special day with some of the best views on the trek including Hiunchuli (6,441m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Gandharva Chuli (6,248m) and Gangapurna (7,545m). Altitude 4,130m.
Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan, 7 hrs.
After having breakfast in Annapurna Base Camp we retrace our steps back to Dovan which is situated before Bamboo. Altitude 2,505m.
Dovan to Jhinu Danda, 8 hrs
Two big ascents today but the views are spectacular and the trail brings us to the bustling little village of Jhinu Danda which is full of colour and atmosphere. Altitude 1,760m.
Jhinu Danda to Siwal, 4 hrs. Drive to Pokhara.
Our last day on the trail is an easy one as we walk through the beautiful hilly countryside to reach the finishing point of our trek in Siwal. From there we drive to Pokhara where you have a free afternoon to explore the city or relax.
Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. Enjoy a special celebratory meal in the evening.
Kathmandu to Dublin.
Free day to explore Kathmandu before departure.
Arrive in Dublin.
Arrive back in Dublin in the morning.
Annapurna doesn't refer to one mountain, but rather a massif with multiple peaks. It has one peak over 8,000 metres, thirteen peaks over 7,000 metres and sixteen others over 6,000 metres!
Annapurna I is one of only 14 mountains in the world that stands over 8,000 metres and it is often considered the most difficult to summit.
Because of the height of the surrounding mountains, there are completely different ecosystems on different sides of the mountains. The slopes that face south tend to have thick tropical jungles, but the Northern slopes tend to be colder and drier.
People of the Khumbu region are called Sherpas who have adapted to living in high altitude conditions for generations. Sherpas are key sources of climbing expertise, advice and help. Most Sherpas under the age of 50 tend to have a good level of English.
Best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp?
To avoid the monsoon season in Nepal, we trek to the Annapurna Base Camp in September/ October. This means that we're hiking in the dry season, however, this is still high up in the Himalayas so there is a chance of rain.
It tends to be quite warm during the day, but once the sun goes down it can get quite nippy. Temperatures usually stay around 20°C but can push 30°C. At night it can get down to 5°C but has been known to dip below zero.
What do you need to trek Annapurna Base Camp?
We have an extensive packing list on what you should bring with you when trekking Annapurna Base Camp. You can view this packing list here.
How to prepare to trek Annapurna Base Camp
We have classified Annapurna Base Camp as a level 3 expedition, for more information about our levels system click here. We expect participants to have a very good level of fitness. We expect participants to have a very good level of fitness. Although this is not a technical climb, it is very steep in places and you will be gaining height very quickly. For many people it will be the hardest physical challenge of their lives. The group moves at a comfortable pace and nobody is ever left behind.We recommend that you read our detailed document on Annapurna Base Camp before signing up. You can read this document here.